If my husband and I separated and I moved out, can I remove items from our house?

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If my husband and I separated and I moved out, can I remove items from our house?

We own the house together and have lived in it for 14 years

Asked on August 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you own the house together, any items you purchased with marital funds or you received as a marital gift (excluding inheritances) will be considered marital assets and if you intend on removing said items, you should make sure you obtain your spouse's written waiver of any claim to those items. So, let's say you have a favorite dresser or couch you bought while married, the object would have been purchased with marital funds and of course, if your husband wished to keep the item for himself, it would theoretically have to be part of the divorce decree.   This would be different if it was an inherited item.


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